Grounded is a major National Art School exhibition featuring work by artists Mitch Cairns, Karla Dickens, Newell Harry, Jumaadi, James Nguyen, Addison Marshall, Joan Ross and Justine Varga who have all studied at the School. While they have this in common, it is the depth and breadth of concepts that distinguishes their practices and this exhibition. They each bring unique and courageous approaches to their work, original and experimental thinking and attitudes to art and culture that have contributed to their accomplished careers. Curated by Judith Blackall, the exhibition is presented across both floors of the Gallery. Some artists are presenting ambitious new works, while others provide insight into the artist’s processes and studio practice, through rare rarely seen works, displays of sketchbooks and working drawings important for both reflection and creative development, an aspect that is at the core of the National Art School’s approach to learning and creativity.
Image: Jumaadi, Painkillers (2016)